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Sanja Festival, Asakusa

The Sanja Festival (Sanja-matsuri) is the festival that takes place every per year in Asakusa, Japan. It was held on May 13th to 16th of this year. I took part of the festivities together with my trusty Lomography cameras. Come on and take a look!

Matsuri means a festival or/and holiday in Japanese. In Japan, festivals are usually sponsored by a local shrine or temple, though they can be secular. The Sanja Festival is sponsored by the Asakusa-jinja shrine in Asakusa. This festival attracts a great number of visitors from all over the Japan. A total of 1.5 million people gathered in here during 3 days!

Everyone enjoyed this Matsuri. They were carrying a mikoshi portable shrine in a festival. We can expect to see tons of Mikoshi around this temple during festival.

People who come to Matsuris are always looking forward to find in the vicinity of a matsuri booths selling souvenirs and food such as takoyaki, and games, such as Goldfish scooping, as well as other forms of foods which are often organized in conjunction with matsuri. You will be not sure which food to take!

Check these sites out for more info:
Asakusa Jinja HP
wikipedia “Japanese festivals”

written by kyonn

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